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Exchange skews earnings

on 06/24/2003 8:00 PM
Yankee Cruiser's victory in the $1,542,500 North America Cup final should put around 570,000 U.S. greenbacks in the hands of his owners. That's based on the current international currency exchange, with a Canadian dollar worth 74 cents in the U.S. these days. Last January the U.S. Trotting Association began converting purse earnings from Canadian to U.S. dollars for record keeping purposes. It ...
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Loyal Opposition breaks

on 06/24/2003 8:00 PM
Loyal Opposition looked to be a solid threat to post her third win of the year and 17th of 18 of her career. But she broke stride in the $50,000 Violet final at Hawthorne Sunday night (June 22). Early on in the race Loyal Opposition was ranging up to the leaders through an opening quarter in :27.2. Moving to the lead, Loyal Opposition made an unexpected break and dropped to the back of the pack...
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New Cup speed records

on 06/24/2003 8:00 PM
Yankee Cruiser's sub 1:49.3 victory in the North America Cup was the second-fastest clocking in the history of the Cup final. Want to know more about speed in the Cup? Last year Red River Hanover set the set the stakes record for the race when he won in 1:48.4. Yankee Cruiser's time is one of three sub-1:50 miles in the history of Cup finals. The Panderosa is the only other sub-1:50 winner of a...
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Three spills at Clinton

on 06/24/2003 8:00 PM
In a span of 25 minutes, three separate incidents at Ontario's Clinton Raceway on June 22 saw three drivers thrown to the track. Before the sixth race on the card, Ron Young was tossed from the bike while taking LKG Happy Boy for a last couple of turns around the track before the race. Both driver and horse were uninjured and were able to compete. In the very next race, Mike Whelan was warmi...
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Tammy G ready for Acorn

on 06/24/2003 8:00 PM
Owner-trainer Thomas Gonsalves is pretty sure of his 2-year-old trotting filly Tammy G's chances heading into the $126,000 Historic-Acorn at the Meadowlands on Tuesday (June 24). "I think she can win it," he said on Monday afternoon (June 23). Other than the outside post 10, Gonsalves sees the Jackie Ingrassia-driven Almond Joy (part of a three-horse entry) as his biggest threat. "I think Jacki...
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Monticello hosts legends

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
Well-known names from the old Roosevelt Raceway-Yonkers Raceway circuit of the 1960s and '70s will climb back in the bike this Sunday (June 22) at Monticello Raceway for the "Battle of the New York Legends." The participants--heading to New York from around the country--are Hall of Famers Carmine Abbatiello, Buddy Gilmour, and Del Insko; Bill Popfinger, Merritt "Butch" Dokey, Eddie Lohmeyer, Re...
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Colonial upsets

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
Both divisions of the Colonial Trot for 3-year-old colts at Woodbine Friday night (June 20) resulted in big upsets. The first $122,442 division saw Carl Allen drive Holy Guacamolie to a huge 1:54.2 victory, holding off the determined betting favorite Amigo Hall by a nose. Allen, unable to find an early hole, moved Holy Guacamolie to the front, but then found himself under extreme pressure from ...
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Worldly Beauty Wins

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
With five sub-1:50 mares going postward in Friday's (June 20) $200,000 Lady Liberty final, it was a safe bet that the final time would be in that range. Worldly Beauty didn't disappoint as the two-time Dan Patch award winner came closing fastest to win in 1:49.3. After an early give-and-take for the lead between Bunny Lake, Eternal Camnation and Always Cam resulted in fractions of :26.4, :53 an...
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Pinske-trained colt cruises

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
Yankee Cruiser came charging fastest down the long Woodbine stretch on Saturday night (June 21) to win the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup in a sparkling 1:49.3. With Dean Magee in the sulky, Yankee Cruiser moved into third-over position past the half, which was reached in :53.2 by favored Allamerican Native (Chris Christoforou). Allamerican Native was still on top at the 1:21 three-quarte...
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Woodbine consolations

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
Wolfdancer Mindale, driven by Mike Saftic, caught pacesetting Arts Chip (Mark Evers) in the final strides to win the $100,000 North America Cup consolation in 1:51.2 at Woodbine. Wolfdancer Mindale, a son of Western Hanover, won for the sixth time in seven starts this year. In the $50,000 Elegantimage Stakes consolation for 3-year-old filly trotters, 22-1 EZ Past closed late to win in 1:56.2...
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Elegantimage to Allaire

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
Southwind Allaire moved past stablemate Filly At Bigs in the final strides to win the $607,300 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Woodbine on Saturday (June 21). With Chris Christoforou driving, Southwind Allaire caught Filly At Bigs (Mario Baillargeon) in deep stretch after that one had opened up a two-length lead. Nearing the wire Filly At Bigs went offstride, but it did not...
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Miller sweep in Ky.

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
Brett Miller drove favorite Allamerican Captor and longshot Titan Spirit to victories in Saturday's (June 21) Kentucky Spring Championship eliminations for 3-year-old colt pacers at The Red Mile. Titan Spirit started the Miller double by winning in 1:51.2 at odds of 12-1. The time was easily a career best for the son of Jate Lobell. Built To Win (Jim Meittinis) was second with Leavnona Jateplan...
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Holiday in Dygert

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
Lifes A Holiday, driven by Homer Hochstetler, moved to the front at the half and never looked back in winning Saturday's (June 21) $108,000 Dygert Memorial Trot at Hawthorne by six lengths in 1:54.4. Hochstetler, who is also the trainer, shares ownership of the 5-year-old Primrose Lane lane gelding with his young son, Jay. Lifes A Holiday is a full brother to Kadabra. Hochhauser (Tony Morga...
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Hellava Hush fastest

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
Hellava Hush trotted to a 1:56.4 victory Saturday (June 21) at Scioto Downs in winning the fastest of three $17,400 Tompkins-Geers divisions for 3-year-old colts. Dave Palone guided Hellava Hush to the 2 3/4-length win over Limavady Lad. The win was the fourth of the year in five starts for the Lindy Lane gelding. Stillbrook won his division for driver Ron Steck in 1:58, holding off Red Oak'...
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Brooklyn Hanover upsets

on 06/23/2003 8:00 PM
With 1-5 favorite Radar Sign fading to eighth after battling early on top, it was Brooklyn Hanover who got the perfect trip from driver Eric Ledford to win Saturday's (June 21) $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old colt pacers. Brooklyn Hanover held off Dream Wave by a head to win in 1:52.3, with Crystal Art third. The victory was the third of the year in five starts for the Stev...
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Pa. filly set to hit road

on 06/21/2003 8:00 PM
Ray Van Dreason, the trainer of Lynch Memorial Filly Pace winner Gordon's Jin Ms., says that even though his filly's biggest wins have come in Pennsylvania, she'll be doing plenty of traveling later this year. "She's going to get her fill of the top fillies," he said. "She's eligible to the Tarport Hap at the Meadowlands, the Jugette, Lexington, the Breeders Crown and the Matron." Van Dreaso...
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Timing Is Everything

on 06/21/2003 8:00 PM
For the 3-year-old trotting filly Benn's Riverdance, timing has been everything so far this season. Last year's Michigan champion freshman filly trotter was being pointed to the lucrative Elegantimage Stakes at Woodbine, but when she showed signs of sickness, Kramer elected to pass on shipping her to Toronto to take on the open competition. Benn's Riverdance had the time of her life last year a...
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Exchange rate changed

on 06/21/2003 8:00 PM
The U.S. Trotting Association has announced that beginning July 1, it will change the exchange rate in which it credits Canadian dollars. Effective on that date, the USTA will increase the rate to 74 cents on the dollar, a rise from the current 64 cents. That means that for every Canadian dollar earned, the USTA will convert it to 74 cents in its records.
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Are Those Real Wins

on 06/21/2003 8:00 PM
Are Those Real, driven by trainer Roger Cullipher, paced to a career-best 1:53 victory in Friday night's (June 20) $10,000 Kentucky Spring Championship elimination for 3-year-old filly pacers. Nine of the 10 starters will return for next Friday's $75,000 final, with only Donkeys Can Talk, who made an early break, not going behind the gate. Are Those Real outclosed favored Color Me Beachy (Jim M...
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Monte Hall Upsets

on 06/21/2003 8:00 PM
It was upset city in the $40,000 Open Trot for Titan Cup eligibles at the Meadowlands on Friday (June 20) as Monte Hall led a parade of longshots across the wire. Monte Hall, sent off at odds of 25-1, was driven by Eric Ledford to the 1:53.2 score, holding off 20-1 Victory Cruise. Fool's Goal, at 11-1 on the tote board, finished third. Favored Danish Delight made a brreak early in the mile a...
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